JOURNEY – THE HEART OF GAIA

by WATERLILY GAMES; FROGWARES;  BIGFISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics ***** Player participation (PP) ***** Satisfaction Factor (SF) *****

Frustration Factor (FF) *   Fair Play (FP) *****  Tedium Factor (TF) Nil

AWESOME!

One evening a stranger appears at Liz’s doorway, whisking her away to a colorful world that lies deep within the center of the Earth. Not only is it controlled by a powerful tyrant, but the very heart of Underworld is dying! Can Liz save this world and find the way back to her own? Journey through a fantastic landscape filled with quirky characters. Rescue the captured citizens, and they will help you put an end to the tyranny of Scartaris Umbra! (BigFish Games sales blurb)

Wow!  I was so busy playing I forgot to make notes!  I bought it immediately.

It has a good Options, with a Gamma setting to lighten the graphics if you need it.   There are Casual and Advanced Modes of play – I always use Casual – why stress myself when all I want is enjoyment.  There are the usual Hidden Object sites, and Puzzles to solve to repair  and to unlock things, and open new locations.  The Tutorial is good and worth a quick run through.

And no matter what minor FF frustrations you encounter, they are all worth it, as you work it out soon enough.  Besides the gorgeous clear graphics make it worthwhile.  The story is well devised, the graphics are fun, colourful, imaginative, fabulous, and fantastic.  And the game is Addictive!  I couldn’t stop playing it.  Had to make myself Exit and go to bed or I’d have played it till dawn.

I highly recommend this game.  Try it – I’ll be surprised if you don’t buy it!

Jud House 16/11/2012

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